The Philadelphia Phillies were one of the most underwhelming teams in the league last season. After winning the Bryce Harper sweepstakes before the season started, the Phillies looked to be a top contender. Unfortunately, the team finished at .500 and decided to bring in a new manager.
New skipper Joe Girardi will bring experience, a winning record, and World Series ring that could help get Philadelphia to the top of the division. Girardi was a finalist for the New York Mets managerial opening before Philly snatched him up.
This offseason, the Phillies picked up yet another former foe in Zack Wheeler. Losing Wheeler will significantly hurt the Mets starting staff. In Philadelphia, he instantly becomes a top of the rotation guy.
The Phillies will hopefully get a full season from Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen’s 2019 season was cut short at the beginning of June due to a torn ACL. He is a game-changer if healthy and bolsters the lineup. For more offensive production, the team signed shortstop Didi Gregorius. Last season, Gregorius returned from Tommy John surgery and became the first Yankees shortstop to hit a grand slam in the postseason.